Last night the best of Brooklyn Yelp beat it over to Belli, Fulton Street's brand-new Italian Osteria! The NYC Elites had a special treat with the one and only Jando S checking them in (and repping Queens, as always), and the night just got better from there.
Since Belli Osteria is coming at you from the folks behind Piccoli Trattoria, it isn't surprising that the food is fantastic. Their philosophy of simplicity and quality shined through with beautiful bites like the roasted cherry tomatoes, homemade mozzarella with a basil oil. Ryan F reports that his "favorite was the braised short ribs over polenta…melt-in-your-mouth succulent." My personal choice would have to be the homemade gnocchi with the braised duck ragu; I'd probably fight you for it if necessary.
Since Belli is figuring out its liquor situation (license approved and on the way!), BYO was the directive of the night. Yelpers waltzed in armed with all sorts of wine (sparkling and otherwise), beer, as well as some liquor sprinkled in (shout out to Rony M and his rum!). Since Brooklyn goes hard, Ron C swore, "I had to keep it real with my 40 and brown baggin' it all night. The only thing I was missing was a fat ass gold chain, a stoop and my boombox." That's how you know it's a party.
A huge thanks to Andres, Kurt and the rest of the amazing and accommodating Belli staff for welcoming us with open arms (and juggling all of our wine bottles!). I'll see you guys there again soon for that gnocchi! Whether or not you made it out, make sure to check out all the reviews of the event, the photos from our pal Nelson, and what folks are saying.
Peter D and the rest of the Yelp NYC Team